John Muir


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66 A meteor flashes [athwart] the sky startling us into sense of the majestic movement of the star. Stars come [ ], the brightly yet they far less brilliant than on heights. [Antlions] flutter in camp - - fire light & the grand shafts are seen the eye confined now to a few. Not roaming loosly [loosely] over all the woods. Then a soft plaintive note like that of a bird is heard – one of the [main] night sounds of these woods, I have not yet traced to its source. Myriad insects our ears [never] may hear. Then the owl [unmistakable] [How] singularly fitting the [time] & how cheery

67 Stars [glow] brighter, for the moon is still far below the horizon here & there one is seen among the [branches] gleaming like [immense] [lily], while flowing or seen alone on the hills past the black boles. Mayhap ones mind will wander to the other [worlds] & woods where the sun still shines, but that is not our affair, & if quite healthy we will be full of our own night. A rustling is heard, the sound of timid wood mouse The moon rises & the deer wander over the well-known pasture sleeping & hiding in [sharp] chaparral dens during the day. [light] We go forth in the noon to walk. Our steps crackle over

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